Mashable reported a couple of days ago that Lady Gaga made history by becoming the first artist to have over one billion views of their online videos according to video analytics company, Visible Measures. I don’t go out or listen to the radio very much, so I had no idea who she was when she was introduced as a speaker at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11, 2010. However, the crowd of marchers were mostly in their twenties and thirties and they shouted and waved their arms with joy to greet her. It was a great, mutual love between artist and fans that was a wonder to behold. And then Lady Gaga shook her fist in the direction of the White House — we were in front of the Capitol Building exactly where the Tea Party march had its speeches the month before — and she shouted for Obama to support our equality. And that’s when I fell in love with her, too.
And here is this wonderful video of Lady Gaga at the very beginning of her career, when she was Stefani Germanotta performing two of her own songs at NYU, “Captivated” and “Electric Kiss.” Be sure to watch for the reactions to her performance at the very end: